Chief’s Corner

Chief Haverty (right) and Sacramento Fire Department firefighters.

Dr. Dan M. Haverty has over 30 years working with the Fire Service and in 2011 served as the Interim Fire Chief for the City of Lodi, California.  He retired as the Fire Chief and Deputy Emergency Services Director for the City of Folsom, California serving from 2007 – 2010.  Dan has mentored Public Safety executives to help develop effective leadership, overcome labor/management challenges, and improve organizational culture, trust and mission accomplishment. In the Fire Service, he worked in both field and administrative roles, including assignments as Training Officer, Public Information Officer, Director of Community Services, Director of Emergency Medical Services and Director of Economic Planning and Development.  He previously served as a loaned executive to the California Governors Office of Homeland Security as the Chief Assistant Deputy Director for Training and Exercise Division.  He was a founding member of the USC Homeland Security Center of Excellence CREATE User Advisor Council.  Dan has served, or is currently serving on the boards of the Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center, Sierra Donor Services, and the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.  He is a past President of the Sacramento County Fire Chiefs’ Association, Charter President of the Rotary Club of Folsom Lake, and the current Chairperson of the Folsom Lake College Fire Technology Advisory Council.  Dan is also serves on the Folsom Chamber of Commerce as the Folsom Pro Rodeo Chairperson.He currently consults for nonprofit and public organizations, providing services to include: budget alignment with operational performance, leadership, executive recruitment, strategic planning, mission accomplishment, curriculum development, governing board development and meeting facilitation. His education includes a B.S. in Fire Service Management and M.S. in Public Agency Communication from California State University, Sacramento and an M.P.A. and Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Dan and his wife, Terri, celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.  They have three grown children, five grandchildren and two great Yellow Labs, Sparky and Plug.

Fire Chiefs - Past and Present

In early 2012, the current and six former Fire Chiefs of the Sacramento Fire Department came together for an historic photo opportunity. This photograph commemorates the greatest number of Sacramento Fire Chiefs ever assembled together for a photo.  Together their tenures span forty years!

Pictured left to right: (Top row) Gary Costamagna (1988-1999), Dennis Smith (1999-2004), Julius Cherry (2004-2006), Forrest Adams (2006-2008), (Bottom row) William R. Powell (1973-1986), Ray S. Jones (2008-2013), Ray Charles (1986-1988).

Sacramento Fire Department

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